Take One Picture 2010: primary schools exhibit at the National Gallery

By Rachel Hayward | 25 March 2010
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Showing a 19th century painting of a rany day street scene with women and men carrying umbrellas and two girls with a hoop

A screenshot from the National Gallery website showing Umbrellas by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Courtesy the National Gallery.

News: Primary school children will have their work showcased at the National Gallery this spring as part of Take One Picture (April 29 - September 19, 2010).

Every year the Take One Picture scheme invites UK primary schools to use a painting from the National Gallery Collection as a stimulus for learning across the curriculum. For 2008 - 09, the focus painting was Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Umbrellas (about 1881 - 6).

Showing life size wire creations of 19th century women with their long dresses

Children's artwork in Take One Picture 2010 at the National Gallery, London. Courtesy the National Gallery

Highlights of this year's exhibition demonstrate the cross-curricular strengths of a creative curriculum and include: a three-dimensional woven willow sculpture, fashionable corset prints, animations, computer-generated designs, a multi-sensory peep box and a drama production.

Showing faces created from materials as a response by children to the painting Umbrellas by Renoir

(Above) Children's artwork in Take One Picture 2010 at the National Gallery, London. Courtesy the National Gallery

Take One Picture - ideal for the new primary curriculum

Take One Picture is very much suited to the new primary curriculum with its even greater emphasis on meaningful cross-curricular links and the implementation of a more flexible, personalised and creative curriculum.

Showing a colourful image of multiple Japanese style paper umbrellas

Wellingborough Preparatory School, Northamptonshire for Take One Picture 2010 at the National Gallery, London. Courtesy the National Gallery

Caroline Marcus, Take One Picture Project Manager, said: "Take One Picture encourages teachers to place a painting at the heart of the curriculum and to use it as a springboard to creativity across all areas of learning. Visiting schools participating in Take One Picture has given me a wonderful opportunity to see the excitement and buzz stimulated by this approach as well as many examples of teaching and inspired learning happening in schools around the country."

Schools with work on display in the National Gallery:
Grafton Primary School, London
Hampreston CE VA First School, Dorset
Horningsham Primary School, Wiltshire
Kew Green Preparatory School, Surrey
Milbourne Lodge School, Surrey
Samuel Lucas JMI School, Hertfordshire
SERLS (South East Russian Language Society) 'Friendship', London
Stalham Junior School, Norfolk
Takeley Primary School, Hertfordshire
Thorpe Greenways Infant School, Essex
Wellingborough Preparatory School, Northamptonshire
Wyke Regis CE Junior School, Dorset

Find out more about Take One Picture

Click on the link for further details about the Take One Picture scheme and professional development courses, free downloadable teaching resources and zoomable images. You can also view the Take One Picture exhibition film and online displays of children's work in response to other National Gallery paintings.

Find out more about the National Gallery's trainee teachers' programme

Using a painting as a springboard for learning is at the heart of the National Gallery's Initial Teacher Education programme. The scheme provides opportunities for trainee teachers in partnership with the National Gallery. Other galleries in the programme include: The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery; Leeds Art Gallery; and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. Universities participating in the scheme include: Roehampton, Oxford Brookes, Edge Hill, Nottingham Trent, Leeds Metropolitan and East Anglia.